Walscheid relegated for apparent headbutt at Vuelta a Espana

28 August 2019 10:09
Team Sunweb have ‘fully accepted’ the relegation of Max Walscheid in the sprint finish on stage 4 of the Vuelta a España on Tuesday, after the German appeared to headbutt another rider. Walscheid placed third in El Puig, behind Fabio Jakobsen and Sam Bennett, but was soon informed by the UCI race jury that he had committed an infraction. Deemed to have sprinted 'irregularly', he was relegated to the bottom of the main peloton. The incident seemingly occurred with around 400 metres to go. Walscheid was around five places back as his teammate Nikias Arndt led the bunch towards the line, and can be seen leaning his head over to the right and into another rider.ADVERTISEMENT In a statement, Team Sunweb suggested he was reacting to a dangerous move from another rider.  "Unfortunately, Max was relegated from his third place because his reaction was deemed too aggressive after another rider moved into him, a decision that the team fully accepts," said director Luke Roberts.  Juan Sebastian Molano, a lead-out man for Fernando Gaviria at UAE Team Emirates, would appear to be the rider in question. He can be seen near Walscheid in the final kilometre and was also relegated to the back of the bunch. — La Vuelta (@lavuelta) August 27, 2019 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com.readfullarticle

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